Most people have this perception that someone who works from home as a freelancer has a lot more time at their disposal, however, freelancers know this is not true. Often overlooked is the fact that you are only paid if you are working and do not have a guaranteed salary, and often freelancers find every minute of their day is consumed by work and other responsibilities that others believe you have time to do. Time management is a crucial skill for any freelancer to accomplish all of their goals and still have a little time for themselves. Here are four tips that might help boost your productivity and keep your sanity as you continue your freelancing journey. Did you know that 20% of all workers may be considered “chronic procrastinators”? The problem is usually finding the motivation to get started. You may think it wise to start with smaller tasks to boost your motivation to complete the larger and more difficult tasks. This may only give you more reason to push off the more difficult tasks until “tomorrow”. By starting with the most dreaded task you may give yourself a little boost to complete the project knowing the rest is simple and quick. Also try to schedule your day. This will help you ensure you meet your deadlines and do not get sidetracked. It also may help you not procrastinate if you force yourself to stick to your strict schedule. You can also try the Pomodoro Technique to help keep your motivation and work flow efficient. When we are overwhelmed or bored with a project it can take us longer to accomplish because we are wishing we were doing something else. With the Pomodoro Technique you work in short bursts of twenty-five minutes, separated by a five-minute break, and after four Pomodoros you are free to take a thirty minute break. And lastly, learn how to say ‘No’. You may feel as though you are letting down a family member or a friend but if you do not learn how to say no you may find yourself overwhelmed and stressed which can ultimately lead to problems in your home life and burnout. These tips can help you to balance your work life and home life and hopefully keep your motivation and you prospering.
- The biggest issue is getting started. We always have different priorities, but work must come first.
- Use a calendar or other such device to stay organized and meet deadlines.
- Don’t be afraid to tell your friends and family “No” when they ask you for favors, just because you work from home.
“you want to achieve two things; to work more efficiently when you’re at your desk and to waste less time away from it”